Board of Directors
Daniel has worked as a researcher, project developer, digital communicator, and volunteer engagement coordinator for sustainable development initiatives. He has a M.Sc in Geography and completed a Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship. Since moving to Edmonton in 2016, he designed and administered over 60 public education events on renewable energy developments as the Director of Programming and Marketing for Solar Alberta. He is actively occupied by interests in organizational development, futurism, design, and sustainable development.
Matthew oversees an ever growing portfolio of work relating to climate change and environmental topics, and is aware of the many obstacles and intricacies of communicating these messages to various groups within Alberta. Through his work in developing marketing and communications plans for Emissions Reduction Alberta, Energy Efficiency Alberta, the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, among others. Matthew has formed a deep understanding of people’s perceptions and biases regarding subjects such as climate change, energy efficiency, the environment, and economics related to addressing pollution. His growing passion for this work has seen him take on the role of Vice President of the Board for Climate Action Edmonton.
Clarissa Atienza has a background in Human Resources and Business Analysis, with a strong interest in seeing Alberta focus more on sustainable development and renewable energy. Clarissa’s other volunteer interests include serving as an instructor and board member for Trinity Goju Kai karate club, a non-profit organization with a 35+ year history in Sherwood Park. A graduate of the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean’s Bilingual B. Comm program, Clarissa hopes to help Edmonton lead by example in deep energy retrofits and beyond.
Diana Staley is an economist that has worked for over a decade on issues related to climate change and the green economy. Most recently, Diana has worked on municipal climate mitigation and adaptation strategies including urban forest tree planting and cost-benefit analyses of municipal green/natural infrastructure. Previously, Diana worked for Alberta Innovates on circular economy opportunities for the Province of Alberta, and other environmental markets. Prior, Diana worked on developing carbon offset protocols for the carbon market in Alberta, as well as conducted policy research for MLAs at the Alberta Legislature on economic and natural resource development issues. Diana has also worked on GHG emission reductions opportunities for Indigenous Peoples as well as international development projects funded by the World Bank. Diana has a MSc in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Betsy Agar is a senior analyst at the Pembina Institute and technical advisor and project manager of the Reframed Initiative. Pembina is a non-profit think-tank that advocates for strong, effective policies to support Canada’s clean energy transition. As part of the Buildings and Urban Solutions team, she designs policy and programs for the retrofit of Canada’s residential building stock. Betsy is a building science engineer (PEO), holds a master of applied science from McMaster University and was a founding member of Renewable Cities at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. Betsy views rehabilitation as an opportunity to help practitioners, policy-makers, and communities capitalize on energy-efficiency returns, make the urban “ecosystem” sustainable, and anchor a community’s sense of place.
Peter Amerongen is one of the fathers of Net Zero Energy construction in Canada. Peter’s 45+ year career in construction has been celebrated with awards and accolades for his many accomplishments in the high-performance building sector. Peter is an inexhaustible collaborator, sitting on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, and presenting at conferences across the continent.
Peter designed and built Canada’s first net zero energy, affordable multi- family project and Canada’s first net zero energy church in the Edmonton neighbourhood of North Glenora. His interest in affordable housing goes back a long way. He was at the founding meeting of the Edmonton Inner City Housing Society and subsequently renovated Projects 1 and 2. He went on to serve as society president and then chair of the Project Development Committee for several years. Combining that long-neglected interest in affordable housing with his commitment to sustainable building in the North Glenora project was so deeply satisfying that he sold his shares in Habitat Studio and joined Butterwick projects to work full time on affordable housing.
As a partner in Butterwick Projects Ltd, Peter is leading the deep energy retrofit of the 59-unit Sundance Housing Co-op in Edmonton. He is also consulting on a 40-unit net zero affordable housing project for Alberta Seniors and Housing that is under construction in Morinville, Alberta. Peter is an original member of Edmonton City Council’s Energy Transition Advisory Committee and of the CHBA Net Zero Council Management Committee. He is also a Certified Passive House Consultant (PHIUS and PHI) and consults on near zero emissions solutions for other projects. As an active member of NRCan’s Panelized Energy Efficient Retrofit (PEER) Industry Working Group he is deeply embedded in a national
effort to bring this technology to market.
Yasushi was raised in Edmonton and has called it home since completing degrees in civil engineering (University of Alberta) and architecture (University of British Columbia). For over 22 years, he has worked in the land development industry, including greenfield development, infill residential construction and project management.
Yasushi has also spent a good portion of his professional life in civil service, first in Strathcona County’s Current Planning Department, then in the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Infrastructure, and finally in the City of Edmonton’s Housing and Homelessness Section. In his most recent nonprofit role, he served as Director of Housing at Homeward Trust Edmonton, an organization focused on the homeless-serving sector.
Yasushi brings to his work a love of urban design and a keen eye for how people interact with architecture, combined with a sensitivity to the realities of building construction and maintenance. He continues his work in community development with the establishment of a trio of sustainability-oriented organizations: the Green Violin Community Development Company, the Rose Cello Affordable Housing Society, and the Prairie Sky Property Management Corporation.
Conrad is a long-time community member of Edmonton, Alberta, where he has been a climate change activist for 20 years. He lives in the city’s first single-detached net zero house, is active in gardening, and has a passion for exploring his city on bike and on foot. Conrad is a founding member of local bike/walk advocacy group Paths for People, and he is currently the President of the Tomorrow Foundation for a Sustainable, a 50-year old environmental charity based in Edmonton. Conrad is a programming instructor at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and lives in Edmonton’s Strathcona neighbourhood with his partner and two teenage kids.
Tim Wilson is a communications professional with 14 years of experience working in nonprofit or government organizations. He has led many successful media relations, stakeholder engagement and communications strategies across Alberta and different sectors including the arts, municipal government, provincial government, politics, emergency management and healthcare. He is passionate about making his community better and by creating positive, productive relationships with other humans. Tim and his partner Amy live in Alberta Alberta Avenue, raising two kids and seven backyard chickens.
Russ Miyagawa has provided administrative, communications, information technology, and technical services to environmental and community non-profit groups for over two decades. He is an active member of the Queen Alexandra Community League, having served as Treasurer and as Publicity Chair. He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering, and an MSc in Environmental Engineering from the University of Alberta.